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lorisews | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

Hi, Amber

I thought the section on embellishments was great in the new issue but I really hate that for the details on some of the good stuff they just referred you to the website. I feel compelled to print them out and stick them in my issue which is klunky — I’d have to be going back over the issue 10 years from now (like I do) and find I didn’t have the details and couldn’t get them anymore. Maybe if you don’t want that section to be cluttered, you could put the stuff into an appendix at the end or in the ads section?

I’m wondering what others think on this.



  1. Stefanie | | #1

    I'm having trouble printing out the details to stick in my issue. I agree, not the best solution, but I'd rather have the info than not. When I try to print it, I only get one page worth of info and then a blank second page. It would be nice if these were more printer friendly.But the info itself is great. Love this issue tremendously!
    Thanks!PS - Found the trouble was I couldn't use Firefox - had to go into Explorer...

    Edited 6/29/2007 6:03 pm by Stefanie

    1. lorisews | | #2

      Yes, at least if they were a nice printable pdf you could download from the web page (even if they are also available as html to read online).Lori

      1. AmberE | | #3

        The good news is that we have too much stuff to fit into an issue---often that extra info would just end up on the cutting room floor, but thanks to the web it doesn't have to. I'll look into the PDF idea---that's a great one. Thanks!

        1. AmberE | | #4

          I have an answer---the PDF requires much more designing and the web dept doesn't have that option available at this time. However, as we look at a web site redesign it could be one of the added benefits. Hope that helps! I'd love to hear a vote on this though: If we have extra stuff for now, should we just keep it to ourselves and contribute to the cutting room floor or post on the site as is.

          1. cynthia2 | | #5

            I would vote for putting it on the web in whatever format can be accomodated.  It may not be as polished as Taunton Press is accustomed to providing, but it would still be better than not having the info at all.  Best, Cynthia

          2. AmberE | | #6

            Thanks for your input.

          3. lorisews | | #7

            I vote for now to put the extra stuff on the web. In the future maybe it can be written as pdf instead of html and put on the web that way. Although, if you have Acrobat Professional and a browser that is known to behave well when you try to print the web page, you may be able to create additional pdf version that way.The stuff in this issue wasn't "extra" IMHO -- if those additional embellishment ideas had been left off and put instead on the web page in their entirety, then I would consider those extras. But if you say "here's something you can do" and don't say how to do it, I don't think that is leaving off something "extra". Especially if you want to appeal to all skills of sewers. But others may view that differently.Lori

          4. AmberE | | #9

            good point!

          5. Sancin | | #10

            I also vote for the online info, Amber.  On reading in the other thread about Sew Stylish being cancelled a thought occured to me. 

            I agree that beginner sewers also enjoy Threads and techniques as a challenge. I wonder if a few tips/notation/reference in each Threads magazine about making sample/muslins - refering to a 'how to' try out techniques on the Threads web site would help beginner sewers. The concept of trying something out first is a learning technique in itself. I admit that as an experienced, though slowing down, sewer I enjoyed the refresher but I am used to trying new techniques on bits of paper or scrap cloth before dashing into something I am unsure about.

          6. AmberE | | #11

            Great idea---thanks!

          7. Josefly | | #8

            Please continue to post the "extra" articles online. This month I was able to view the supplementary information online before I actually received the corresponding issue of Threads. It's very valuable info, and I only regret that it would not be available for any readers who don't use the computer.

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